@ osgarthDo you know the difference between the 1st. Amendment and
the 2nd. Amendment? You might want to check on that.....
These are the most interesting and fascinating posts I've EVER read on this
site. I just returned from a vacation and followed this whole mess on motel TV
and my trusty Smart phone the whole time, much to the chagrin of my husband (who
correctly thinks I'm neurotic on NBA stuff). The bottom line (right or
wrong) is that racial bigotry is alive and well and probably won't go away
no matter the fines (pocket change for D.Sterling)or finger-pointing. It is
truly appalling and goes in both directions. I don't get it and never will.
These players are working their hearts out to win games and certainly don't
want to be distracted by this "stuff." I love this game and whoever
plays it with their heart and emotions and talents. This is such bad timing for
all of this drama, but when is a good time for it? Lots to think about and
self-reflection as to where one stands on racial bigotry (or any other bigotry).
Can't we just lighten up?
Osgrath:"Alfred...: Ironically I don't have a personal copy of
the NBA franchise rules. Therefore neither I nor you know if all the bylaws were
followed here."Then, perhaps you should not quote a source that
you know nothing about. Just a thought."However, I respect the
right of an exclusive organization to govern itself."I would
hope you would respect the right of a ball club owner as well."When the vast majority of owners finally vote the (sic) Sterling has to
sell the team, we will see active democracy at work."That's
not democracy. It's more aptly call 'strong-armed terrorism.'
@brioWhy did you not point out how disruptive the 1st commentator
was who claimed Don Sterling is a Democrat? That's not very consistent,
& since you're obviously very concerned about being consistent, I
thought I'd point out your inconsistency.
@Osgarth "I wouldn't worry about Greg Miller, or any of the
family. They have never indicated the propensity to make stupid statements.
Nobody can hold them responsible for the policies of the Church, and we can be
sure they will never say anything on the subject that would draw attention to
them."Propensity to make stupid statements? All it would take is
for a reporter to ask some owner "do you support gay marriage". Even the
proverbial "no comment" might not fly in that regard.Esquire
political blogger Charlie Pierce, for example. Appearing as a guest on
Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour, Pierce suggested that NBA commissioner Adam Silver
should now consider taking action against the DeVos family, which owns the
Orlando Magic, for the family’s opposition to gay marriage.
Alfred, Utopian Lee and Brio: Ironically I don't have a personal copy of
the NBA franchise rules. Therefore neither I nor you know if all the bylaws were
followed here. However, I respect the right of an exclusive organization to
govern itself. When the vast majority of owners finally vote the Sterling has to
sell the team, we will see active democracy at work. Whether they
have a legal right to punish someone for opinions expressed in the privacy of
his own home or not is not the point. They have the institutional right to do
so. I wouldn't worry about Greg Miller, or any of the family.
They have never indicated the propensity to make stupid statements. Nobody can
hold them responsible for the policies of the Church, and we can be sure they
will never say anything on the subject that would draw attention to them.
@ wrz:You need to get a dictionary. It's actually you who
doesn't get it. Racism can be displayed by any ethnic group and quite often
is around much of the world. More so than many Americans are aware of since most
black-on-white racism usually goes unreported by the American press. When some terrible hate crimes, such as the Polar Bear games (where black
inner-city youth walk behind any unsuspecting white person and try to knock that
person out with as few of punches as possible... even killing several people),
are largely unreported, many people in America remain unaware. When
the New York Times and the Washington Post were recently asked why they usually
don't publish those particular types of racial crimes, their response was
that they don't want to stir up racial tensions. However, they don't
seem to have any problem whatsoever when the crime involves white-on-black
incidents. In fact, they often try to sensationalize those stories. Sadly, it's the type of thing we've come to expect from the liberal
media, and a major reason why so many people now claim they no longer trust the
@ Bob01:I'm quite certain this article has nothing to do with
any political party. As such, I'm surprised your Republican affiliation
comment was allowed to be posted. It's very much off-topic and therefore
disruptive.The level of process regarding normal NBA bylaws that
obviously wasn't followed is this particular case is very disappointing.
Sterling wasn't given any type of hearing before the NBA governing board.
Nor was he given proper time to respond with any type of defense regarding
possible extenuating circumstances. Even if he is totally guilty, there
should've been given enough time for a proper investigation with some type
of internal process of law before such a record setting penalty was meted out.
The overly expedited process made it appear the first year NBA
commissioner was just trying on his new wings of authority and also trying to
win tacit approval of the players on a big national stage. This penalty had
enormous implications. And yet more time is usually spent investigating a player
drug use allegation. Regardless of the reason, the manner in which this entire
process played out was disappointing.
DN Subscriber:"However, it seems that these two can engage in whatever
disgusting or immoral behavior they like..."Whoa! For a minute
there, I thought you were talking about professional athletes, who, according to
Rush, have fathered about 90 illegitimate children over the last years."The hypersensitivity about any real or imagined slur against
African-Americans is an unacceptable and hypocritical double standard..."Apparently, Black rappers can get away with all sorts of slurs against
White people and no one seems to care. And what about Farrakhan, Rev. Wright
& Jackson, and Sharpton... who have nothing but evil to say against White
people?Osgrath:"Sterling broke the rules and is being
disenfranchised. He has every right to express his opinions but must accept the
consequences of doing so."His opinion was expressed in the
privacy of his own home. Can you show us where, in the franchise agreement, he
can't utter whatever he wishes in the privacy of his own home without
@ pleblian:If for even a single moment you think that rapper Jay-Z
is just passively wearing paraphernalia of anti-white groups, you need to catch
up to what's going on in the real world.Jay-z went on a very vulgar,
obscenity laced anti-white tirade, most of which had to be bleeped out when
replayed back on national TV, after this incident happened. It was totally
shameful and multiple times worse than anything Sterling even thought about
saying. And very few people (like yourself) even noticed.Since there
is an obvious double standard in this country when it comes to the level of
racism that whites and blacks can get away with, hardly anything at all on the
national scene was even mentioned about Jay-Z's racial driven melt down.
Even president Obama can for years attend the obscenity laced
tirades of "Reverend" White's weekly anti-white and anti-America
sermons without receiving any meaningful negativity for doing so. Had someone
like Mitt Romney attended just a single meeting like that, the liberal media
would've crucified him in the press. A complete and total double
standard undoubtedly exists.
This is all fine and dandy until the league votes to oust some owner (possibly
Greg Miller?)because he believes that marriage should only be between a
man and a women and he's then called a bigot and a hater for his beliefs
and the Jazz are gone.
To all the commentors I say, let them without sin cast the first stone!!In reality, we have a predjudiced society from all angles and that is
the problem. It is inherent in people to favor their own, regardless of their
faults. The size of that predjudice is based on the love and care found in
society, and today we have very little of both. Oh, there are pockets of love
and caring but mostly within a safe distance of our home,.....maybe 20 feet
away!! ( I'm just kdding there.) But we need more honesty and
integrity in society and it comes starts from our leaders...... Well, I'm
not going there!! Nough said!! Well, we'll see how this plays
Allegations on this thread that this is a 2nd Amendment issue amaze me. The 2nd
Amendment is about legal procedure. This is not a legal proceeding. This is a
private, internal matter.If you pay your $45,000 fee, verify a net
worth of $450,000 with $150,000 liquid cash on hand, you can buy a
McDonald's franchise, giving you the right to spend another million dollars
preparing a location. Once you open for business you are free to offer your
product for sale.However, you are not free to offer bratwurst with
sauerkraut under the McDonald's name. It is not a McDonald's product.
If you act contrary to the rules of the franchise the corporation has the right
to terminate your franchise.An NBA team is a franchise. Owners agree
to abide by franchise rules. Majority rules in all decisions. Sterling broke the
rules and is being disenfranchised. He has ever right to express his opinions
but must accept the consequences of doing so. When people are
excommunicated from the LDS Church, do we lament the loss of 2nd Amendment
rights? Maybe, but it still happens. If you belong to an exclusive club, break
the rules - you get ousted.
All things considered, Donald Sterling is not what you could call an upstanding
citizen and deserved a very swift and harsh "penalty" no doubt.. but the celebration from the NBA and black community on the whole, was
quite outrageous.. Kevin Johnson basically said "we will come to your house
and get you, no questions asked" if we think you are a white person who is
racist against black people..I was waiting for one single person
from the NBA to say that Donald needs to apologize and explain himself.. this
would really help in the healing process.. if he declines, so be it, and that
would be even worse for him.
This is purely an attack on the 1st Amendment. It doesn't matter at all
whether any remark one makes is liked or detested....It's about "do I
have the right to an opinion and do I have the right to voice that opinion".
In my opinion, any hateful remark is just a basis for discussion....other than
that it's just noise. How can a civilized society advance the cause of
mutual understanding and racial equality, if free speech is stifled? No, I
believe that opposing views should be out in the open, examined and discussed.
People can make up their own minds if they support that opinion. Like it or
not, stifling free speech with the seemingly whimsical selectivity of liberal PC
is wrong!. Say what you believe, state an opinion in the most offensive terms
you can dream up, and I'll support your right to do so....even though I
strongly disagree, and that is MY right!
Look, the left is loudly establishing a pattern here: You are not permitted to
disagree with them. Holding thoughts--thoughts! different than them is cause
for firing now. Ask Brandon Eich. Ask Phil Robertson. And now ask Sterling.
All of them fired for disagreeing with the left. Now, Sterling is a racist, but
so what? What actions did he take that disadvantaged blacks here in the NBA?
He's hired plenty and paid fair market value, it appears. What's next--Is Miller going to be forced out because he's Mormon
and presumably thinks that men shouldn't shack up with men? That's a
firing offense too, right? Brandon Eich and Phil Robertson can tell you it is.
Meanwhile, NBA players can pull guns on each other, assault fans,
choke coaches, and not get banned. Sterling has the "wrong thoughts"
and if the left could get away with it, they would execute him.
I've thought for years that the NBA would be better off without Donald
Sterling. Seems like a no-brainer given his historical combination of racist,
buffoonish, and plain weird behavior and his long history of incompetence and
apathy when it comes to owning a basketball team. Good riddance.The
only thing I don't get is, why did it take so long? Did that recorded
conversation truly surprise anyone? It's not like we're hearing this
from Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, Jerry Reinsdorf or Paul Allen. This was classic
Donald Sterling. So now we're outraged? What's the next big news
flash; JR Smith is immature? Jimmer isn't a great defender? Glen Davis eats
a lot? Steve Nash is old?The stuff he said, as ugly as it was,
simply reconfirmed what everyone who was paying any attention already knew. You
can't adopt a dog with a well-documented history of biting people and then
react with shock when, hey! He just bit you! Who could've seen that coming?
I'm of two minds over this issue. Truly there is no room for bigotry
anywhere and it should be exposed when and where ever it surfaces. However,
when it comes to exposing someone's thoughts and personal opinions IN HIS
OWN HOME, then we need to tread very lightly about how we deal with it. The NBA
certainly has the right (according to their by-laws which are not made public)
to discipline their owners as they see fit. Ok, do it within their structure and
don't condemn anyone or castigate them on national T.V.. Unjustly, Mr.
Sterling has been singled out for public outrage when other just as obvious
bigots (white and black) go unnoticed. Where is justice?? Not here in the U.S.
anymore. Very disturbing and saddening.
"We go to watch the overpaid, spoiled, ego mania, tattooed, drug hyped, and
sometimes criminals players owned by morally bankrupt individuals and
organizations . . "Let's see . . overpaid is purely
opinion, and I suspect an uninformed one. Who should get most of the money the
league earns? The owners or they guys playing? What is "fair" pay for
NBA players?Ego mania . . hello; ego is practically a prerequisite
for a high level athlete.Tattooed . . so?Drug-hyped . .
ummmm, what? I'd love to read your fact-based defense of this assertion."Sometimes" criminals . . how many NBA players have been
convicted of crimes, or even arrested, in recent years? Can you name more than a
handful? "Sometimes" members of Congress commit crimes.
"Sometimes" doctors commit crimes. The vast majority of NBA players keep
their noses clean, and you have no evidence to the contrary. You're
misintepreting your own prejudices as fact."Morally bankrupt
individuals" . . you have no idea about 99.9% of these people's morals.
You know as much about them as you about me, which is basically nothing. Your
perch on the high horse is shaky at best.
While I agree that such language is not acceptable anywhere, the taping and
releasing of the language, said in a private setting, looks like a set-up to me.
And what about the comment by Mr Charles Barkley on nationwide TV, "this is
a black organization" referring to either the Clippers or the NBA, sounds a
bit raciest and should be fined and lose his job as a commentator. I cannot wait
to hear what Al Sharpton has to say about it.
If Mr. Sterling had made an isolated comment in private some years ago that was
recorded without his knowledge (which I believe is illegal in the State of
California), and his other actions (especially his more recent actions) were not
reflective of racism (such as having a black girlfriend, and operating a
business in which many of his key employees are black)--the NBA's lifetime
ban (which will most likely be followed up by a vote of other NBA owners forcing
Mr. Sterling to sell his NBA team) would appear to be an overreaction, laced
with strong overtones of self-righteous political correctness.On the
other hand, if the information in the quotes stated above--which are attributed
to Kareem Abdul Jabbar (a very thought and introspective man)--is accurate, then
the NBA's reaction to Mr. Sterling's comments appears to be nothing
more than the crowning jewel and "lifetime achievement award" for Mr.
Sterling's incorrigible racism, which has no place in a professional sports
league that prides itself on being a leader in promoting racial equality.
Chris b. Wrong---he's a registered Republican. Lot of anger on these
threads today. Much of Utah really seem to have problems when angry white guys
take one in the loss column. Cliven Bundy last week and Donald sterling
yesterday. Sigh. Some would say this is a residual effect of being the least
progressive and most republican state in the nation. I say it's merely
sticking up for our beloved angry white men. Thank you Miller family, for
lending support to what the rest of the nation can see is just action by Mr.
Silver. Those of you who don't like it? I'd advise you to protest the
Millers and not attend games. Show Mr. sterling that you hate mistresses
recording private conversations and that you love free speech!
Great example of our eroding 1st Amendment. You make a comment in private and
it gets out in public and then are subject to this type of mob justice.
Stating whether he's a republican or democrat is irrelevant. What are we
trying to say??..He's a bad person so therefore the party he
represents is bad??? That's not helpful. There are reprehensible people
and honorable people in both parties.
I perceive that we are taking the first step in abandoning freedom of speech,
which is to deny the spirit of free speech. The spirit of free speech is
embodied in the phrase, "I disagree with what you say but will defend to the
death your right to say it." A more fitting phrase to capture today's
feeling is, "I disagree with what you say and I will do everything in my
power to ensure that you pay the maximum possible personal price for having said
Sterling's been a bad owner for decades, and his attitude towards Blacks
has been a matter of public record, however, are we going to start punishing
people for what's said in the privacy of their homes? Not
requiring Jay-Z to give up his clients shows the racist attitude of the NBA.
Interesting...do you know that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered
from a 60 year conflict, resulting in thousands upon thousands of deaths? Also on a side note radical ""Christians and Muslims"" are
engage in a endless bloodbath in the Central African Republic, with 22 deaths
as of today from an attack on a HEALTH CLINIC?
Mr. Sterling behavior is despicable, immoral and unacceptable. And that was
before his mistress released the tapes.Of course, the
"girlfriend's" behavior is utterly disgusting as well.Given those two facts, there is plenty of reason to dislike Sterling, and the
"girlfriend."However, it seems that these two can engage in
whatever disgusting or immoral behavior they like, and no one says a word. But,
when he rants against her being seen with black men (as opposed to doing things
out of sight with them) everyone goes ballistic.The hypersensitivity
about any real or imagined slur against African-Americans is an unacceptable and
hypocritical double standard when then say nothing about the rest of the
behavior of Sterling and his gal-pal.Even more unseemly and
artificial is the instant outpouring of outrage and invective over the taped
comment incident after months or years of silence on Sterling's behavior.
How much of this outrage now is driven by the fear of being called
"racist!" if people are silent now, as in the past? How can those
outraged now explain their past silence and keep their credibility? Simple-
Morgan Duel: "Question, I can understand an owner being fined and
criticized, but what if the owner decided to shut down the operation? Is the nba
so powerful they can still run the team? Where do they get the money?"The NBA, including the Commissioner, aughta proceed with caution.
According to Barkley, the NBA is 80 percent Black... and I would guess the
viewers/attendees are about 95 percent White. Who would the NBA play for and
get paid by if all White folk got upset by the treatment of Sterling and stayed
away, directing their viewing attention to another sport such as soccer,
I don't condone what Sterling said, but it was private. I don't think
there is one of us that doesn't say something in private that we don't
want public. What if the NSA published everything they record. Who
would have nothing that would make someone uncomfortable? No one. Then there is the whole link with Magic. If this was a set up so he could get
his hands on the team, that is more dirty than saying racist things in a private
conversation.If Sterling had used his NBA affiliation in any way to
promote racism, I would say sanctions were appropriate, but that is not the
charge. I hope Sterling gets a great lawyer that stands up for his freedom of
speech, and puts the NBA in its place.What was said was alarming.
But the violation of the Sterling's first amendment rights is far more
alarming. And if it was a plot to take his team, that would be the most alarming
action in this whole fiasco.
Chris B:"We live in a world where we are hyper sensitive to white on
black racism, but all too often sweep black on white racism under the
rug."Perhaps you don't get it, Chris. By definition,
Blacks cannot be racist.CPA Howard:"I think it was a
horrible decision. Mr. Sterling made these comments to his ex-girlfriend in
private and were made public by someone (his ex girlfriend says she didn't
release the conversation)."I think Sterling should start suing
people for defamation of character... Starting with the NBA Commissioner."Prior to the comments being made public he was scheduled to receive
a life-time achievement award from the NAACP."He has also given
big bucks to NAACP... which he should ask to be refunded."The
potential consequense listed above will case the team to lose value (he paid
$12M and it's currently worth $600M) and he'll either have to sell or
be forced to finance the team with his money."I'll never go
to or watch another NBA game again... not because of Sterling's alleged
comments but because of the castigation he is being pummeled with.
#1. Donald Sterling is a registered Republican. Look it up. Google it.
There's several news articles to back that up. #2. The NBA is a
private organization & can do what it wants according to their bylaws &
rules. They're not the government. Sure he has free speech & can say
what he wants in private. As soon as it became public, whether he was set up or
not, the NBA has the freedom & right as a private organization to deal
w/those who choose to become a part of the organization as it sees fit.
The way Miller-the-younger has run this team in the ground, the board of
Gov's may vote for 2 owners to sell their teams...
Question, I can understand an owner being fined and criticized, but what if the
owner decided to shut down the operation? Is the nba so powerful they can still
run the team? Where do they get the money?
I expect that in the interest of upholding a consistent standard, all public and
private conversations of all NBA owners, coaches, players, and staff will now be
recorded and checked for any kind of politically incorrect bias so that similar
punishments can be handed out. Perhaps the NBA will also consider implementing a
quota system for players, as there are a number of groups - gays, women, Asians,
Hispanics, Jews, paraplegics, and elderly, to say nothing of whites - that are
vastly underrepresented. (The preceding was sarcasm.)Mr. Sterling
has apparently made it obvious what kind of person he is, not just in the recent
statements attributed to him. He has to live with himself. And all the people
that work for him and associate with him have chosen to do so in spite of his
known character flaws. The NBA was probably justified, but we should stop
overreacting to every little thing that offends us. I'm disappointed at all
the piling on. I'm not sure all of the people chiming in have never
believed or said anything that would offend others.
The Mavs owner is the only one I see that is alert to being cautious.Before you judge everyone so harshly and want to toss people out for
life...just realize that sooner or later they will be coming for YOU.
Kareem continued:"So, if we’re all going to be outraged
[Greg], let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his
racism was first evident."Let’s use this tawdry incident
to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of
freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to
sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate
racism at its first signs."
Kareem continued:"Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the
fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the
media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American
citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? The making and release of
this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an
accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all
gorging ourselves on it."Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the
villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In
our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the
true enemy. "
"While this situation has been inexcusable, I hope it serves the greater
purpose of reinforcing our vigilance against this type of behavior.”Donald Sterling was a serial offender. Any owner expressing
"outrage" now is pulling their head out of the sand and mugging for the
camera.Kareem Jabbar shared salient thoughts in Time Magazine:"Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has
gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of
Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for
Morally Superior Head Shaking."a lot has been revealed about
Sterling’s business practices:"2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice
sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black
tenants smell and attract vermin.”"2009: He reportedly
paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against
minorities in his rentals. "He was discriminating against black
and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was
public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his
girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches
and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?"
@mcdugallDonald Sterling has only contributed money to democratic
candidates and was about to receive a lifetime acheivement from the NAACP. You
can claim he is a registered Republican but the fact is that he was a big time
democratic party supporter. You can google the information I just posted for
Wow - some of these posts remind me of why I don't live in Utah.Mr. Sterling has a 30 year record of racist comments, both public and
private.The fact that his club may lose value is SOLELY on his
shoulders. The NBA has the right - by contract - to protect it's product.
If one of the owners severely damages the league, they have the right to take
action. In addition, the rest of the owners have the right, within their
constitution, to revoke the ownership of any other owner that "fails to
fulfill" a "contractual obligation" in "such a way as to affect
the [NBA] or its members adversely."This falls squarely within
the realm of that definition. The owners have the right to protect their clubs
and their investments, and can force him to sell. If they don't want to,
or if they don't have the 75% support to force it, then he can sell or keep
the team, whichever he wants. If he loses his sponsors and season ticket
holders, if free agents don't want to play for him, if he can't get a
coach - he can only blame the man in the mirror.
Those statements made by the owner and the attitudes behind them should never
occur. That said, Jay Z and others have made offensive remarks and even racist
remarks (George Zimmerman cas. Al Sharpton, Jessee Jackson etc) but they are
referred to as "are only a few individuals that should know better".
But President Obama weighs in and states that "We as a nation (??) have a
problem with race and prejudice". When it is some white people that
show stupidity it is all of us(?) , when it is someone else, it is the
individual. So . . . maybe we DO have a problem as a nation with race and
prejudice, as only "some people" can talk about it and others can't
have an opinion.
@ChrisB,I don't think anyone is being hyper-sensitive to Mr.
Sterling's comments. If you think they are no big deal, please recognize
you are in a relatively silent minority.Jay-Z passively wearing
paraphernalia of a group which is affiliated with anti-white songs is
distinguished, by many significant degrees, and historical relevance, to what
Mr. Sterling has done. I find your comparison disheartening because
it misses a powerful point as it attempts to push a very, very weak one.
Miller will just get in line and support whatever the commissioner says. He
can't risk being bashed by the media for having his own rational thoughts.
It's interesting how Miller's statements do not represent what the
majority of people in the country are saying. People who don't have to
worry about being vilified by the media are the only ones that have rational
comments about this. Everyone who the media can attack are just making stupid
generic statements, including Miller. Don't be swayed by the media on this.
Read the comments on ESPN from normal everyday Americans and you will find that
most Americans find this whole story blown out of proportion and a legitimate
threat to their rights behind closed doors.
The NBA has slid into a pit over the years, not to mention the NFL and MLB.
Their leaders, owners and fans are poor role models for youngsters. We go to
watch the overpaid, spoiled, ego mania, tattooed, drug hyped, and sometimes
criminals players owned by morally bankrupt individuals and organizations. We
flock to sports arenas to worship poor excuses for heroes. There are exceptions
of course, but the value placed on what is considered great in our society is
pretty sad. We read about these sad excuses for heroes in the news all to often.
@Chris B - The Drudge Report is not a reliable source for information, Chris.
Donald Sterling has been a registered Republican in the state of California
Totally agree with Chris B! I thought I was the only one that saw that
story.Hardly any press is given to the hate groups that other owners like
Jay-Z overtly support. The anti-white five percent nation basically preach that
the white man is the devil...and why isn't the NBA, it's players and
owners, outraged about that? What Donald Sterling said seemed pretty
stupid/racist...but his punishment seems really harsh given that they seem to do
nothing to owners like Jay-Z. I guess a little more punishment consistency would
be more appropriate so it doesn't come across as a mob mentality going
after just one guy.
I think it was a horrible decision. Mr. Sterling made these comments to his
ex-girlfriend in private and were made public by someone (his ex girlfriend says
she didn't release the conversation). He never expected these comments to
be made public, because the image he presents to the world is different. Prior
to the comments being made public he was scheduled to receive a life-time
accheivement award from the NAACP.The NBA should have just made a
statment condeming his comments and let market place take care of the rest. If
he continues to own the team it will lose value because the fans will stop
buying tickets ( the Clippers aren't the only team in town); the sponsers
will leave and he won't be able to attract new sponsers; he won't be
able to keep his free agents; and he'll have trouble attracting good
coaches.The potential consequense listed above will case the team to
lose value (he paid $12M and it's currently worth $600M) and he'll
either have to sell or be forced to finance the team with his money.
At least, the NFL made a dog & pony show after the travesty that was
bullygate in Miami.
The Utah Jazz stated:“The Jazz organization and all the teams
in the NBA should act as national leaders in promoting inclusiveness and
diversity."Very well said. I hope this is a statement everyone
It's interesting that Jay-Z recently wore a necklace with a large symbol
from a anti-white group and it barely received any attention.Now
this guy, a prominent Democrat we should add, spouts off and he's banned
for life. Jay-Z was previously a minority owner of the nets and is still heavily
involved in the NBA, including as an agent of several high profile players.We live in a world where we are hyper sensitive to white on black
racism, but all too often sweep black on white racism under the rug.